Alongside College, we have been working on creating a student experience that is accessible for all students, particularly working to rectify the problems that commuting students face. We have been working with Professor Bob O’Keefe (Vice Principal Student Experience) who has carried out work into the issues currently facing commuting students – assessment submission has been a large part of this. Whilst work on the other recommendations is still to come, I am incredibly glad that work on assessment submission is well underway.
There are a couple of main areas of the strategy: assessment principles; assessment timing; assessment methods & assessment submission. Previously, the most updated piece of work covering all of this was way back in 2012, so it has been incredibly important to review these elements of assessment and bring it all under a strategy.
Particularly with the assessment submission, this development is huge! Earlier this year, I conducted some research into assessments at the university and at the moment, there is an inconsistent blended model. The majority of modules at the moment require both a physical copy and a digital copy – this not only isn’t good for the environment, but also pushes the burden of printing on you! Currently, just under 60% of departments have some element of a physical copy submission – and you have given us the clear message that this isn’t what you want.
It costs you money and time that quite frankly shouldn’t be your burden.
Of course, there are some assessments that can’t work with a digital submission, and this is accounted for. However, wherever possible, the submission should now be digital only – a fantastic win!
Although this is a huge achievement, this is something that we still need to keep on top of. When modules are still requiring you to submit a physical copy of your assessment, we need to know about it! This is certainly something that you should raise with your academic reps, and myself, so we can ensure that this strategy is implemented!
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